An expected 405 people from all over the United States, Canada and Europe will participate in this summer's Elderhostel program at Southern Utah State College.

College officials are encouraging people in southern Utah to participate as well.The program for adults 60 years and older promotes learning in a casual environment with plenty of time for group activities, field trips and other events. Spouses under age 60 may participate.

"There is a growing awareness of the program in southern Utah, but we don't get many area participants," said Daphne Dalley, special projects coordinator, SUSC Division of Continuing Education. Information is available by calling 586-7853. The program will feature 10 different weeklong programs, each consisting of three courses of study taught by SUSC faculty or individuals associated with the college. Classes include geology of southern Utah, Scottish traditions and heritage, Shakespeare, computers, southern Utah history, plants, animals and photography.

Dalley said some of the classes are planned to complement summer events in Cedar City and SUSC.

Elderhostel classes are offered on the SUSC campus and at Brian Head, Zion National Park, or the north rim of the Grand Canyon, depending on the week the participant chooses.

A brief listing of each program follows.

July 10-16, Brain Head, geology of southern Utah, wildflowers of Cedar Mountain, life in the Soviet Union today.

July 17-23, SUSC, geology of southern Utah, Utah Shakespearean Festival, trees, flowers and shrubs of southern Utah.

July 31-Aug. 6, SUSC, the Shakespeare challenge, the life and times of William Shakespeare, music in Elizabethan England.

Aug. 14-20, SUSC, Utah Shakespearean Festival, history of southern Utah, folk dances from around the world.

Aug. 21-27, SUSC, the Shakespeare challenge, the life and times of William Shakespeare, the literary essence of Shakespeare.

Aug. 28-Sept. 3, SUSC, geology of southern Utah, Utah Shakespearean Festival, trees, flowers and shrubs of southern Utah.

Sept. 11-17, Brian Head, fall photography, geology of southern Utah, plants and animals of Cedar Mountain.

Sept. 18-20, Brian Head, fall photography, geology of southern Utah, plants and animals of Cedar Mountain.